A new exhibition, Like A Rolling Stone, presents work by jewellery artists from Italy, Scotland and the UK inspired by North Berwick exploring geology, geophysics and population displacement.
The title was inspired by the Bob Dylan song from 1965:
“How does it feel, how does
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown,
like a rolling stone…”
Ten jewellers came together in June 2016 for a week-long workshop in North Berwick, Maria Rosa Franzin, Gigi Mariani and Gabi Viet from Italy and Stephen Bottomley, Susan Cross , Jessamy Kelly, Rhona McCallum, Jo Pudelko, Jessica Turrell and Cristina Zani from Scotland and the UK.
The project was developed for 2016 Year of Italian Innovation, Architecture & Design by The Italian Cultural Institute and Edinburgh College of Art, and the aim was to explore, through practice, how the landscape may shape the works of the jewellers.
The intention was to not only celebrate Italian contemporary jewellery and stone carving but to also explore the themes of relocation, transplantation, camouflage, identity and materiality through mixed media jewellery. Geology and geophysics are used as an analogy to illustrate the topical theme of population displacement.
Italian jeweller Gabi Veit describes her experience “The sea and its force in its continuous movement fascinated me. The waves are bringing shells, wood and other materials to the beach. I had the impression that I could stand on one place on the beach and the sea brings me the whole world. In the mountains, where I am coming from, it is completely different: if I don’t move, I won’t find anything.”
Scottish jeweller Jo Pudelko explains her new work “My pieces developed after considering some common idioms such as, ‘to sink like a stone’ and ‘like a millstone around your neck’ that have a duality that lend themselves well to both geology and to societal attitudes toward the migrant crisis.”
Also at the same venue, Materiality, an exhibition of works made by the members of the RAFT Research Group on the theme of materiality and making. RAFT supports and explores the changing identity of creative practices. Open until the 27 June 2018.
See: Like a Rolling Stone
22 Jun – 28 Jun 2018
Tent Gallery, Edinburgh College of Art, 78 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LE
Open daily 10am-4pm, closed weekends